Ward School of Music is dedicated to preparing students to become passionate performers and life-long learners. We believe the discipline and exploration of music is for everyone. Whether you’re looking to practice a new hobby or aim to achieve the highest standard of excellence for an instrument, we can help you or your child on the journey. Our faculty is comprised of outstanding performers and teachers known for their expertise in the arts. All teachers have been selected by demonstrated musical excellence and their faith in Christ. Ward School of Music is a self-supporting program, which utilizes fees charged to cover all operating expenses, including the teachers’ salaries.

Ward School of Music presently has lesson times available for piano and woodwinds. We are not offering string lessons at this time. Please check back as our offerings can change throughout the year. Email Linda Klepaczyk to inquire about remaining lesson times slots at linda.klepaczyk@ward.church.

Private lessons

Piano + Woodwinds


Mondays: 3-7 p.m.
Wednesdays: 3-7 p.m.

Tuition for 14-Week Semesters (Fall 2022)

Private Lessons (30 min.)………………………..$392 ($28/lesson)

Private Lessons (45 min.)………………………..$588 ($42/lesson)

Private Lessons (60 min.)………………………..$784 ($56/lesson)


Tuition for 16-Week Semesters (Fall 2022)

Private lessons (30 min.)…………………………$448 ($28/lesson)

Private Lessons (45 min.)………………………..$672 ($42/lesson)

Private Lessons (60 min.)………………………..$896 ($56/lesson)

*Please note that books and materials are not covered by tuition.

*In order to successfully take piano lessons, students are required to have a piano or suitable digital keyboard in their home.  Please do not enroll your child until you have procured an instrument for them to practice on.  Please contact Linda Klepaczyk at Linda.klepaczyk@ward.church if you need information and assistance on this matter.

~Students may participate in a recital each semester~


A limited number of Max’s Kids Memorial Scholarships are available for those with financial hardship. Applications are available at the Elementary Desk. Please send scholarship information inquiries to linda.klepaczyk@ward.church.



It is preferred that payment be made at the time of registration. Monthly payments may be arranged upon request.

Office Hours: Mondays and Wednesdays, 3-7 p.m. when the school is in session. Email messages are checked regularly during the week. If you have an issue that needs immediate attention, please text or call 734-646-7987.

Links for Currently Enrolled Students





School of Music Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/wardschoolofmusic/

Our Teachers

Linda Klepaczyk

Linda Klepaczyk

Director of Ward School of Music

Linda Klepaczyk holds a degree in Music Education from Eastern Michigan University. She taught Elementary Music Education in Manchester Public Schools and has had a thriving flute, piano and voice studio for much of the last 35 years. Her former positions include Director of Children & Family Ministries and Director of Worship Celebrations at Saline First United Methodist Church. She has taught children and youth theater classes in the Saline Community and performed professionally throughout Southeastern Michigan. Linda has worked as a group and event facilitator with the Saline High School Marching Band and Music Departments, and has, with her husband Dean, coordinated group travel for music groups to Disneyworld through their LLC, Practically Perfect Trips. Linda is thrilled to use her love for music, love for kids, and love for Jesus all in one at Ward School of Music! Linda and her husband live in Milan and have two grown daughters. They enjoy travel and all things Disney!

Julie Byrum

Julie Byrum

Piano Teacher

Mrs. Byrum believes “Music is eternal. Eternal is a forever word and most students who stick with learning the skill of a musical instrument are forever grateful”. Julie has been playing the piano for 52 years, teaching for 18 years. She cites her gratitude to her parents for providing her the opportunity to explore her musical talents.

Sherry Aronson

Sherry Aronson

Flute, Saxophone, Clarinet Teacher

Ms. Aronson has played the flute since she was ten years old. After majoring in Flute/Music education, Sherry has been part of Ward’s Music Department since 1980. She is a member of the Michigan Flute Orchestra playing the bass flute and looks forward to another year of teaching.

Joyce Cieslak

Joyce Cieslak

Piano Teacher

Mrs. Cieslak has taught classical piano and organ for eleven years in the Ward Music School, as well as privately in the Northville and Livonia communities for students ranging in age from four to 85 years old. Her experience includes being a piano teacher, church organist, and accompanist for Northville High School choirs with her most recent education being under Dr. Carole Halmekangas. Many of her students have received Superior ratings at Federation and/or I ratings at Solo and Ensemble. Her piano curriculum includes foundations in Classical, Romantic, and Contemporary music, a solid foundation in music theory, and proper piano technique. Private lessons provide the opportunity for Joyce to personalize instruction to each student's needs and capabilities.

Ellen VanNoord

Ellen VanNoord

Piano Teacher

Ms. VanNoord understands music as communicating without words. She enjoys helping individuals of all ages understand and love music through learning to play the piano. With many years of experience, Ellen has discovered ways to motivate her students to learn and then enjoy their ability. Music is a gift that can be used their entire lives.